To enable truly innovative interdisciplinary PhD projects, Graphene NOWNANO starts with a six-month taught programme of lectures and projects. These cover a wide range of topics including fundamental and applied materials physics, chemistry, engineering, technology (nanofabrication, self-assembly, device manufacturing), characterisation (spectroscopic techniques, microscopy) and applications from device engineering to nanomedicine.
The programme consists of lecture courses, extended 12-week laboratory projects, and enquiry-based learning projects. The taught programme is delivered almost entirely at the University of Manchester by Manchester and Lancaster academics, apart from one or two lab projects based at Lancaster University.
The emphasis is on team work, with the projects typically done in small groups of mixed-subject backgrounds. So as a physicist, you can expect to work with a chemist, an engineer and a biologist or vice versa.
There are three core courses which all students cover during the programme. Alongside these core modules the students also choose one option module to study.